i don't think george ever abandoned a movie. mike abandoned a few which george would then finish. here george creates a masterpiece because of his insistence to finish this film, despite his lead actress quitting half way through. everyone is having sex except poor george. i know the feeling.
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Thematically the book and movie deal with the tedium of life. The book accomplishes this through the lack of paragraph structure and punctuation(some what). The movie accomplishes this through long shots of money being counted with a constantly ticking clock, endless scenes of characters walking through bleak landscapes, drunks repeating the same story over and over again, the accordion song that will never end, rain, rain, and more rain(redemption), and the shear…
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I could listen to "midtown" and "never girl" on an endless loop which makes the ending and message confusing to me. It seems we are watching someone grow from a man-child into a man. Johnny has a very childish first love and then meets Yvonne and has his first adult relationship, where he learns compromise, and which he promptly fucks up. As we see him at the end his hair no longer in his trademark pompadour, and with only one black suede shoe, the impetuous behind his name, he has finally grown up.
stay a man-child johnny and make more music!